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cool and calm, but a little too cool for most of us. this image is telling. romney is staring down the president and the audience, while the professorial president just staring down. what was athat about? here it to answer that and decode our tics and grins and gestures is chris oel rich to give us insight into it, and what the president can improve on in the next debate. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> the first thing that i noticed is romney really used his hands a lot, in almost all of his speaking there was some gesturing going on. at the same time, the president had a little interesting stance with his feet with one foot sort of back behind the podium. what do you make of this hands for romney and feet for obama situation? >> well, that's a great observation. for mitt romney a very different mitt romney. that's what we saw in this debate. mitt romney most of the time his hands are down at his sides. he used gestured to get his point across and the use of emblems to bring home a he message. check please. if he had three points, he'd say one, two, three
. ♪ >>> we are counting down to tonight's obama/romney face-off. last night we got a late night debate preview. >> yeah, it's a big deal. i understand they'll have fact checkers standing by in case either candidate happens to say something factual. i don't think it's going to happen. >> everyone is looking for some kind of sign as to who will win the debate. in fact, one group of researchers is saying presidential candidates who blink less during a debate where more likely to win the election. or as michele bachmann put it, maybe i can get back in this thing? hey! there you go. >> the presidential debates will be streamed live on youtube. anyone going to watch it on youtube? yea. as a result, both candidates have been busy learning how to dance gangnam style. >> mitt romney was asked live on "with kelly and michael" who he liked better, snooki or honey boo boo. snooki heard about it but she a decided who she want. she wants to stick a few more facts in her head and roll them around. i didn't realize snooki was tall enough to vote, to be honest. you should be allowed to vote or be on en
by both campaigns. mitt romney down playing it, barack obama downplaying it, but the american public shows that they believe barack obama will have the edge tonight. of course, we can say what we want to about the poll numbers and what the american public will see, but we won't know the answer until 11:00 this evening. >> mark preston down in denver, can you feel the electricity already? >> absolutely. it is early here, john, but it is starting to ramp up, no doubt. >> great. we'll talk to you again. >>> look for a couple corks beyond what they just say in delivery tone and body language are as important to voters as the substance of what the candidate is saying, to some voters. here's what to watch for as body language experts say when mitt romney is agitated, his arms fail around a bit. and president obama has a tendency to go on and on. he's long-winded and both candidates do well when they are standing at podiums. now in the next half hour of "early start," we'll break down what each candidate has to establish with richard socarides and erick erickson. >> i'm a little nervous for them.
romney. both campaigns are playing down expectations. they also say the debates could be a turning point in the election. fox 5's tom fitzgerald has more. >> reporter: at the university of denver final touches are underway for wednesday's first presidential debate. >> what you'll see is governor romney and president obama standing at podiums on the stage. >> reporter: taking a break from those debate preps, though, the president delivered pizzas to his las vegas campaign office and made calls to drum up votes. >> when i tried this down in florida, there was one woman who wouldn't believe it was me. >> reporter: already in colorado meanwhile mitt romney received the endorsement of former denver broncos quarterback john elway. >> i look forward to these debates. i'm delighted we're going to have three debates. it will be a conversation with the american people. >> reporter: ahead of these debates fox 5 talked to top officials from the romney and obama campaigns about their predebate goals. >> governor romney a little bit more comfortable with the format. >> reporter: romney's senior s
. governor romney really engaging with him, engaging with the audience. president obama looking down through a lot of the debate. i actually had this memory of 2008 where remember the first debate with obama and john mccain where mccain did not make eye contact through much of the debate with obama. we talked about that a lot. obama not making eye contact with romney a lot. looking down, surprised by romney's strength. and just monot engaged. >> so he was intense. he leaned in. it was like he had a lot of coffee before the debate. and he just was going after the president. my question for you, joe, is why can't he transfer this to the campaign trail? why wouldn't that work? it was great. >> i think that's what everybody said last night. i think he was very comfortable last night talking about facts, talking about information. i don't think -- >> he wasn't explaining a lot of stuff. >> going to chipotle just hanging out with the kids. i'm dead serious. >> i'm talking about speeches and rallies, and there are things people want to hear. i bet you the americans watching last night are the same
. i think he let us all down. i hate to say it. look romney came to play. i think -- romney came to play and president obama stayed home. listen. i looked at it not just as an obama supporter but as somebody who loves debate and has made a living out of debating. and started out -- look, in -- i was on the debate team in high school. i the debate team -- in delaware. i was on the debate team at niagara university. when i went to college. i coached debate. my father judged high school in philadelphia. i debated on crossfire on the spin room, on msnbc. i've debated on the road with bob novack ay and bill crystal and mary madeline and you name them. armstrong williams. alan keys, i can't remember all of the conservatives i've been on the road with. so debate is sort of my thing. i'm sorry to say it, on points and on style, mitt romney won last debate. he came to play. obama did not. and it's not that -- i don't know what it w the president decided he wasn't going to get down and dirty but he just let mitt rom
into the debate romney was down a handful in florida, handful or more in virginia, handful or more in ohio where you just showed the president moments ago in wisconsin. come to the electoral map, this is the big question. first of three debates, gives republicans energy at a time many of them were beginning to worry about the top of the ticket. so will it change the state of play? that is the thing to watch going forward into the vice presidential debate and then round two and three i would say the state to watch most is this one, ohio. governor romney needs to win it. had the president had a decisive debate performance last night, a lot of democrats are thinking he could have put ohio away because he was up five, six, maybe seven points there. that's not the case today, wolf. the president could have maybe put away a couple battleground state, he didn't do. the chance for mitt romney, can he capitalize? and how will the president try to recover? >> he certainly missed a golden opportunity i thought to solidify some of the standing in some of those key battleground states and he avoided some of
bounces. it is already coming back down -- the polls were moving in romney's direction a few days before the debate kind of that natural, kind of movement of polls post convention and this certainly accelerated it. so the jobs numbers probably helped slow the obama fall but now we move into another week people will be talking about biden, and then a couple of more with romney and obama. >> bill: yeah, i was surprised and impressed, i guess that obama proved -- so he didn't have a good night, we all know that, but i thought he bounced back pretty quickly the next day. he has been having a lot of fun with the big bird line. and it showed a lot of resilience, i thought, and as you point out the job numbers came on friday which gave him another little boost, cutting the impact of any romney bounce. >> yeah he has an incredible amount of fire and energy when it is his back up against the wall. >> bill: yeah. >> it's almost like he puts himself in positions like that so that he can get excited about politics again. he obviously didn't want to be on that stage, wednesda
,000 to multimillionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand we can't rebuild america by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. . >>> how about some good news? a rare opportunity for some of to you get what is essentially free money to help you put a downpayment on a home. sounds almost too good to be true, right? it's not. bob barnard is here to explain. bob? >> reporter: the bank with the goods is wells fargo investing seven million dollars and offering 350 loans of $20,000 each to low and moderate income individuals and families. lons that over time lones that over time turn into gifts. you want to buy a home but can't afford the downpayment. that is okay. if you want to live in the district or prince georges county, there is some free money out there to help you. >> an opportunity to provide individuals who may not have been able to purchase a home in any other manner to have assistance so they can enjoy home ownership. >> reporter: thanks to wells fargo, t.t. williams davis is leaving the washington convention center with a $20,000
in the polls to bush. he ended up losing by two or three points. romney's only down three points. romney needs to carry -- >> but he didn't win. here's the other thing. the average going back to 68, the average undecided has been 13.5%. right now, you have a small undecided electorate out there. you've had $72 million spent by the super pacs attacking the president. what is mitt romney going to say that $72 million hasn't said about the president? is he going to sing -- >> please, no singing. >> isn't it the truth that voters discount what is said in ads, because they already think it's spined and they trust a little bit more what the candidates say? >> people hate negative ads. >> there's a reason why they keep doing it, because they work. >> here's the bottom line, though. annual one of five are watching it. the persuadable voters are watching "american idol" or "dancing with the stars." >> they're going to hear the news the next day. >> the opinion makers, the people that they talk to around the coffee the day after, you folks who talk about it on television, you're going to tell them who w
be romney's 47%. the deep dive down memory lane for the good, bad and ugly of the modern presidential debate, the winners, losers, zingers and the awkward that help decide. good morning from the university of denver. a beautiful campus here, debate day, wednesday, october 3. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get to my first read. everything has been said about the importance of tonight's debate. now it is up to the candidates themselves who will meet on the university of denver on the same stage. romney has inched up slightly in our "wall street journal" poll. the bad news when you dig deeper you see the structural problems facing romney as he tries to catch up and how damaging the 47% remark was and is to the campaign. is there such a thing as a commanding lead? if so he has it. president obama's job approval rating is at 49%. 48% disapprove of his performance. 40% believe the country is headed in the right direction. the highest number we recorded in 3 1/2 years. 53% still believe the country is on the wrong track. the president leads romney by three. what is helping romne
term. he just tried to talk romney down. and the numbers are a moment where he's going to have to do that and say why are these numbers bad and why will they be better if you re-elect me? >> gene, both camps have not really talked about the next four years. the romney people have been open about it up until recently when i think "the wall street journal" and a lot of conservatives have smoked them out, so they're getting a little more specific on deductions and a few other issues. but you could say the same thing about the president's team. they made the calculated decision to not talk about what they're going to do over the next four years. and that puts an incumbent in the position to do nothing but defend the last four years, doesn't it? >> well, it seems to me, look, what do people want to hear? i mean, really, what do people want to hear? why are they going to vote for one candidate or the other? it's what they're going to do over the next term. you know, we said on this program months and months ago that the winner of this election would be or at least should be the candidate w
get knocked down, but i get up again ♪ unr sweatshop nditions in china. when mitt romney led bain, they saw global tech as a good investment... even knowing that the firm promoted its practice of exploiting... low-wage labor to its investors. mitt romney - tough on china? since when? >>> making headlines this morning, for the first time a team of fbi agents has arrived in benghazi and has already left the city. the agency is investigating last month's deadly attack on the american consulate. they have 60 days to issue a report. >>> police say it was a miracle no one was seriously hurt after this school bus plunged over a texas highway overpass, falling more than 15 feet. investigators say the bus was clipped by a car and landed on the door stop of a hotel below the overpass. one child and two adults were on board. they are all in stable condition. >>> more fallout from two recent incidents involving loose seats on american airlines flights. while american scrambles to fix the problem, it's canceled 44 flights for today. yesterday airline officials began pulling nearly 50 planes ou
a tax break of $250,000 to multimillionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand we can't rebuild america by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. toyota sports brought to you by your dealers.ota >> it really seems like nothing rgiii.ck he tallied 123 passing yards today and a touchdown. his biggest accomplishment might to win lates will the game. check this out -- ouch, that has t to her. they collide in warm up. both were inactive because of this. seems they are ok. late in the first, 3-0 bucs. he fumbles and takes it up, 7-3 skins. they try the same play. e around, here he is. he cruises in the end zone. his fourth rushing td of the season. later, right up the cut -- a 30--- 39-yard t. d he had 113 yards on the day. third quarter, judge freeman throws to jackson. skin's lead 21-13. then it is 21-19. he does work to give the bucs lead.int runs an-- rgiii offense. into field-goal range. everyone was biting their nails about. he already missed three. he barely makes it, but he saves job, most likely. 41-yarder, gets the wi
citizen. i would imagine he's union. i would hope he is. and they tracked down one of mitt romney's sanitation workers. let's give a listen to this audio. >> my name is richard hayes. i pick up mitt romney's trash. we're called the invisible people. he doesn't realize -- a big health issue not picking up trash. residents do come out and shake our hands. sometimes they give us hugs and thank us for the job we're doing. tell us we're doing a good job and keep up the good work. picking up 15, 16 times by hand. that takes a toll on your body. when i'm 55, 60 years old my body will be broke down. romney doesn't care about that. >> not to worry about the -- >> john: he doesn't mean picking up 15, 16 tons at once. i'm kind of slow on these things. >> i hope not. >> john: i think he means cumulatively over a day or a week. that's just from ann's side of the week. i don't know why this guy wasn't invited to speak at the democratic convention. it would have been pretty smart. so this is -- i don't know if it is an ad
edge. those polls are 7 points wrong . so when they show in ohio that mitt romney is down by 5. they are saying it is a tied race there and when this thing in virginia where i was here yesterday giving speeches. he is probably about five ahead. >> gretchen: sorry. >> they are waiting for demo grapics. >> gretchen: other pundits say debates don't matter. it might be a one point bounce and that type of thing. how would you respond. >> we have seen obama over many, many years but not seen romney. those of us in the business and republican debates did. but the independents and democrats haven't had a chance to see the guy. all they have heard the vilification of him in negative ads it is not so much obama's performance that structured the debate. it is romney's performance. the question is why was romney so good? >> steve: excellent. congratulations on your new book mr. morris. >> thank you, we'll talk about it next week . globall governorance taking over the globe. >> steve: i hate it when that happens. >> gretchen: see you next week. >> brian: next on the run down. oh, joe, here
to that. >> reporter: as romney pushed on the president looked down or away even as he kept a slight smile on his face. for the president accusing romney to seeking to cut money for education, romney snapped back in one of the debates few pointed moments. >> as a president you're entitied to your own airplane and own house but not your own facts. >> reporter: he offered few details about tax cuts. prompting the president to fire back. >> when governor romney said he'll replace it with something, but can't detail how it will be, in fact, replaced, and the reason he set up the system he did in massachusetts is because there isn't a better way of dealing with the pre-existing conditions. >> reporter: at one point the president admonished the moderator for limiting his time. but the president's demeanor outraged many of his supporters who were upset he didn't challenge romney more aggressively. >> i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down. enduring the debate. >> reporter: obama campaign sources concede romney's extensive debate preparation paid off. but david plouffe insi
and mitt romney. obama with a slight edge. 49-47%. but also in this survey, it delves down into the expectations game for this debate. what can you tell me about those numbers, peter? >> reporter: despite what chris christie said, and that is sort of another mixed message coming out of the romney campaign, romney is winning the expectations game if you look at the polls. more likely to win the debate, president obama 55%. mitt romney just 31% of likely voters expect him to win the debate. that's a good place to be for him going in there, but like you said, there's a lot of stuff in this poll. sort of mirrors what we've seen in a lot of recent national and state polls. president obama has advantages on a range of issues, however, one thing tilting in romney the direction. interesting numbers in the poll. which candidate are you confident will get the country back ton track economically? president obama, 47%. mitt romney, 51%. now, obama's had an edge on the economy in a lot of recent polls by a narrow one, two-point margin. not that much difference. interesting nonetheless m
dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> this morning the white house and buckingham palace are transformed to support the fight against breast cancer. the pink lights will remain on throughout october. in this month's official proclamation to kickoff breast cancer month, the president urges mammograms as a key to early detection. >> a lot of significant or landmark buildings are being lit up there. >> empire state building. >> in new york city and also in london. again, you see the white house here, looks like think maybe just turned off the light. am i right? i'm told they're still on. it's just dark in our monitors. it's maybe dark, tom kierein, because of clouds that are here and more that are rolling in. >> and some rain. so have an umbrella handy. >>> we take a look at the radar. light green into montgomery county, loudoun county, points west. it's raining a little harde
that romney's tax plan is more than a trickle down economics. what does romney have to say in response? next a call from alan in maryland, independent in washington you see suburbs. have you made up your mind yet? caller: i have not. >> what would you be looking for tonight? caller: i would like to find a candidate that is courageous enough to outlaw cigarettes in order to save lives and reduce health care costs. i think it is time that we take some dramatic action. i am a lung cancer survivor and i lost a daughter to lung cancer last year. i would like to see someone take an active part in outlying cigarettes. >> how will you make up your mind about who to vote for? caller: i would like to hear an answer to that question. >> if it is not ask, how we make a drama? -- make up your mind? caller: on the basis of the one who will do the most to develop jobs in the future. the economic situation is so bad. i have a 20-year-old grandson who is still looking -- 28-year- old grandson still looking for work. it is tough out there. >> thank you for your call tonight. trevor on twitter sends us this qu
the ceiling onto the stage. >> obama could have waterboarded alladin, put down blue, deported dora the explorer and won walking away. romney won with the sound off. look up, look up. what are you writing's so important? oh, that's -- that is impressive work. >> oh, my gosh, i love that. >> finally, to another race, one as close as the presidential contest. >> family circle's, cookie bake-off, ann romney's m & m, versus michelle obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies. >> another waner by 51 pptd 5% to 41.5%, 287 votes, michelle obama takes the sweep. here's a look at the cookies. 9,000 readers weighed in. the bake-off has been a bellwether of the elect, four out of five elections. makes me hungry. >> first lady's cookies did better than the president. it was rough. >> we'll be back. rough. >> we'll you disgust me. prove it. enough is enough. d-con no view, no touch trap snaps to kill instantly. no looking, no touching. d-con. get out. >>> this morning on "world news now" -- romney's reversal. the candidate now says his comments about the 47% were 100% wrong. >> he is trying t
romney bel bves that with even bigger... tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations... on wall street, all of us will prosper. in other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down... policies that led to the crisis in the first place. so what's my plan? first, we create a million new manufacturing jobs... and help businesses double their exports... give tax brereaks to companies that... invest in america, not that ship jobs overseas. second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more... american-made energy. oil, clean coal, natural gas... and new resources like wind, solar, and biofuels. all while doubling the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks. third, we ensure that we maintain the best workforce... in the world by preparing a hundred thousand additional... math and science teachers; training two million... americans with the job skills they need our community... colleges; cutting the growth of tuition in half and... expanding student aid so more americans can afford it. fourth, a balanced plan to reduce our deficit by... four trillion dollars ove
is governor romney's numbers do not add up. i had to spend time last night trying to pin it down. the only way to pay for $5 trillion in the tax cuts and $2 trillion in the defense spending that the military says it does not need is by asking the middle-class to pay more. i refuse to do that. i refuse to ask middle-class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire's tax cut, just to pay for more tax cuts that we cannot afford. i will never turn medicare into a voucher. governor romney doubled down on the proposal last night, and he is wrong. no american should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. they should retire with the dignity they have earned. we will perform and strengthen medicare for a long haul, but reducing the cost of health care, not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more, and we will keep promise of social security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it. we will have a chance to talk about what is going on overseas, because our prosperity at home is linked t
and turn the presidential race upside down. mitt romney heads to denver today, ahead of that debate. you can watch the first debate live from denver wednesday night right here. the debate begins at 6:00 p.m. >>> 8:40. one week from today, president obama comes back here to the bay area to raise campaign cash. he will host a $20,000 a plate dinner in san francisco. a concert will follow the dinner. concert tickets start at $100 and go up to 7500 for premium seats and a photo opportunity. at this point, though, the musical guests have not been announced. the notorious bank robbery love birds, bonnie & clyde with still linked to big money. 78 years after their death. >> two of the guns that carried on the day they died sold in auction, bringing in more than $500,000 at a new hampshire auction. collide's pocket watch -- clyde's pocket watch brought in another $36,000 and even an aspirin tin sold for more than $11,000. >>> a 19-year-old man recovering after falling off a water slide. it happened at six flags hurricane harbor in santa clarita. authorities say he bypassed, got past live guards,
anybody in the romney campaign think they're only down by a point or two in ohio? no. they know ohio is falling into troubled territory. >> and they're pretty far behind in new hampshire. they're fighting a dogfight right now in north carolina. >> yeah. >> it's october 1st. that was a state that among the swing states, that was a state that was supposed to be the relatively easy gift for romney. there's a one or two-point race in north carolina on october 1st. they're facing an uphill slide across the board and they know it. >> by the way, you can't run 30-second ads in enough places to do this. if you're going to win, if you're going to turn things around, i'll say the quote that drives liberals crazy, a rising tide lifts all boats, this first debate on wednesday, it's got to shock the campaign back to life. because if romney does well, you're not going to be able to buy enough ads to do what a great performance by mitt romney would do on wednesday night. that would tighten it in ohio. it would tighten it in north carolina. probably go ahead in north carolina. it would tie it in iow
time to criticize his republican opponent, mitt romney, going after what he claims is romney's plan for $5 trillion in tax cuts and cuts to funding for pbs to help close the deficit. >> so for all you moms and kids, don't worry. somebody is finally cracking down on big bird. cracking down on him. elmo has made a run for the border. border. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again but he is bringing the hammer down on sesame street. >> president obama will continue campaigning in california today with a star- studded event in san francisco t includes john legend and will i am. >>> one of the staffers at in florida decided to weekend romney's face with a napkin. he laughed it off but and to look uncomfortable. >>> we'll tell you who came out on top in the election with hugo chavez. >> and more cases of fungal meningitis as the outbreak spreads to more states. we'll have an update on that and new information about the pharmacy that distributed the product. [ male announcer ] who will raise taxes on the middle class? according to an independent, non-partisan study,
? is governor christie right, will this turn the presidential race upside down in byron? >> mitt romney at the south carolina primary, newt gingrich cleaned his clock. helhelp headedthey were headed o florida. romney felt he had his back to the wall, and he beat gingrich in both debates in florida. that's the spirit romney needs. he needs to do that well. >> greta: will he, steve hayes? reticent on this libya thing, he backed away a little bit. >> yeah. i think the tone of the romney campaign, particularly over the last week, has been a softer tone. they haven't wanted to be as confrontational with president obama. you have this line that mitt romney has been saying now throughout the entire, you know, election, president obama's a really nice guy, he's in over his head. i don't think that's the right attitude to take into the debate. i think he'll have to be aggressive. he'll have to be confrontational. doesn't mean he has to be nasty. there's a difference, but he has to be very aggressive, look like he's being aggressive to the viewers. >> greta: when he says he's over his head, that'
message than it is about money now heading down into the final days. >> mitt romney may soon get a cash boost of his own after the strong showing, a lot of folks say, in that debate. his performance surprised many, but you helped prepare him for the primary debates. was it exactly what you expected? >> well, you know, the governor has gotten increasingly better across both sets of primaries, from 2007 and 2008, to now this primary cycle, and across these primary debates he's gotten better and better, especially when he got into florida and arizona, had to go one-on-one with newt gingrich and rick santorum, he really grew, and i think what you've seen as a progression to the performance from the other night. >> here is what democratic strategist hillary rosen told me earlier this morning about the president's performance at that debate, which was panned by both critics and supporters. so listen to this and i want to get your reaction. >> you know, president obama didn't do so badly. he was much quieter, he was more thoughtful, he got a lot of facts out. it was just -- when push comes to
lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approvthis message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪ ♪ >> a return to summer time for one day only. >> tomorrow. here is the visibility right now. is down to half a mile in the valley. it will slow things down. showers coming in. tomorrow, temperatures into the mid 80's tomorrow. >> all right. [laughter] president obama: during the last weeks of this campaign... there will be debates, speeches, and more ads. but if i could sit down with you, in your living room or... around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. when i took office, we were losing nearleight hud.red... thousand jobs a month, and were mired in iraq. today, i believe that as a nation we are... moving forward again. but we have much more to do to get folks back to work and... make the middle class secure again. now, governor romney believes that with even bigger... cux cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations... on wall street, all of us will prosper. in other words, he'
. the democrats want the president to stand strong. >> but if i'm romney, i go there. floating around saying the president made certain agreements there. i would go there and try to pin him down and try to get him to do that with a rote sum of his report. we'll see how skillful romney is. the advantage we have is, steve is here with us. >> right now there's a romney strategist rushing a memo to mr. romney in his prep room saying, the liberals on msnbc say -- we'll see if they take this. we've got to take a quick break. tonight is probably as big as it gets in terms of the persuadable audience watching tonight to make up their mind between these two candidates. it may not get bigger than it is tonight. we have nbc's chuck today straight ahead with the latest numbers. we've got a lot to get to. this is msnbc's live coverage of the first presidential debate. >> i want you to know that, also, i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. [ male announcer ] wouldn't it be cool if we took the nissan altima and
point, also down from a four-point lead last month. but romney's made no progress in ohio where mr. obama remains a significant edge, virtually unchanged since september. nationally the new nbc/"wall street journal" poll also shows the president in a strong position though the race tightened. he sits at 49% in both his ballot test and job approval rating. mitt romney coalesced republicans and to close the gap and likely voters because of republican enthusiasm, 49/46. david? >> former pennsylvania senator rick santorum is a former republican presidential candidate and author of the new book "american patriots, answering the call to freedom." senator, good to see you. >> thank you, david. >> talk about the book in a minute. let's talk about the debate. i spoke with governor chris christie on "meet the press" and he said come thursday morning the narrative will be completely different after the first debate. how so? what are you looking for tonight? >> first off, having gone through debates in the primary, they are a big deal, and it's going to be a big moment tonight somewhere, and i
, but they can hurt you and mitt romney will be looking to do damage to president obama tonight. meantime, in swing state, colorado, debates are coming down to the last minute for everybody. the candidates and those who will be running the show. for more, we go live to danielle nottingham. >> as you mentioned, both candidates are trying to avoid any major mistakes tonight. and it will be all about the economy tonight. the first three segments will be devoted to that topic. president obama will make his case for another four years to fix the comply and mitt romney will argue it's time for a change. when mitt romney and president obama meet on this stage for their first debate, more than 50 million viewers are expected to tune in. greg wayland is an important member of that audience. he's an undecided voter. >> i think they are talking directly to me. >> wayland's top issue, the economy. >> that's going to be the thing for me. someone that comes forward with a cohesive plan for america and where america fits into that. that's what swings me the other way. >> both candidates spent hours
to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> looking at the stories making headlines at 5:29, a somber anniversary marking ten years since the beltway sniper killing spree. >>> d.c. college students on alert after several incidents involving young women being groped. >>> the phone wars continue as samsung takes people to court trying to pull the iphone 5 off of store shelves. we'll have much more on those stories throughout the morning. first, good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist on this tuesday, october 2nd. >>> the nationals are eastern division champions. the pirates just beat the braves 2-1. you can celebrate now. >> yes, sir. you heard him right. for the first time in 79 years a washington baseball team has clinched a title. the nationals won the n.l. east last night, and fans are still celebraselcelebrating this morn. news 4's megan mcgrath among them, live at the tasty diner. >> reporter: tasty diner, a
't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> 14 people, including three americans were killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan today. it happened as u.s. forces were patrolling with afghan police officers. they were walking toward a market between a suicide bomber on a bicycle ran into them and detonated the bomb. >>> the war in syria that has killed as many as 30,000 people in the last 18 months claimed two more lives tea. today. activists said the syrian troops bombed a town just four miles from the turkish border and at least 12 people were killed including five children. this as the war is taking a dramatic new turn. rebels have launched a massive attack on aleppo on multiple fronts. so far, there is no end in sight, and while many fear this war could become a wider regional conflict, the u.n. is predicting as many as 700,000 refugees could flee syria by the end of this year. and meantime, human rights watch is documenting the use of race and torture as weapon
of $250,000 to multimillionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand we can't rebuild america by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> in hong kong, more than 30 people are dead and dozens more injured following a boating accident. a boat carrying 121 utility workers to celebrate china's national day collided with a ferry last night. officials say the boat sank shortly after. the rescuers are still working to recover more bodies this morning. >> north korea is warning that u.s. policy is hostile an is pushing the korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war. the north korean foreign minister blasted the united states in a speech to the u.n. yesterday. he also said his country's nuclear program is a deterrent to all-out war. no comment yet from the white house. >>> police are hoping for new clues today in a decades-old mystery. scientists at michigan state university are expected to release the results of tests on soil samples from the ground beneath a driveway in a residential neighborhood. they are trying to determine whe
giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> a suspicious package between sixth and seventh streets. the metro station is also closed. we'll have more information on this straight ahead at 5:00. >>> a creative trend is sweeping japan during nap time. thanks to a talented mother's whimsical photos. >> the mother uses a blanket and her sleeping baby as a canvas. with a few simple props like clothes and props and veggies she create as plot about what her child may be dreaming about. they are so popular she's created a book. others are creating their own baby dream art and it has sparked similar efforts across japan. interesting. >> down! no, no, down! >> whoa! she's not having any of it. the black bear met his match when he wandered on to this family's property. the home owner apparently has this run-in fairly often. there are six other videos posted all over youtube with the bear trying to enjoy their
and for small business creates seven million more. and expanding trade, cracking down on china, and improving job training takes us to over 12 million new jobs. i'm mitt romney, and i approve this message. >>> three, two, one, and liftoff. >> and just like that, another commercially owned spacecraft on its way into space. spacex launched its unmanned falcon rocket from cape canaveral in florida. it's on its way to the international space station with 1,000 pounds in cargo. you may remember last time in may they had a test. it will stay for about three weeks and then returning to earth. if i heard correctly, there's ice cream apparently on this rocket. they wanted some kind of swirled ice cream. >> yum. that sounds good about this hour, at least for us. >> if you can make ice cream last in space, i think we can all go. >> it feels like ice cream outside. it is ice cold to start off monday morning. definitely, you can feel autumn in the air. >> storm team 4 meteorologist veronica johnson is here with all the details. >> that's right. i think the ice cream will be able to last more a while if it
tight race. >> reporter: the poll asked who would do a better job on budgeting and spending, romney beat the president 50 to 43%. >> when it gets down to the ballot, although he is ahead on the most important factor, he is behind because of the likability factor. >> reporter: kennedy says the president still needs to make his case to close the deal. >> i think the thing that obama needs to accomplish is that he needs to show people he has a plan to grow the economy. >> reporter: while the campaigns are downplaying debate expectations. >> governor romney, he is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: what is not debatable is the interest. the live audience is invitation only so that means the tv audience is expected to be in the millions. now, between the two candidates, mitt romney is actually the more battle tested of the two having taken part in some 20 primary debates on his way to the republican nomination. president obama, on the other hand, as you know, had no primary challenger and as a result, no primary debates. in the newsroom, tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. ld, fox >> checkin
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